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London: circa 1790. Engraving, handcoloured, page size approx 160 x 240 mm; tear across the bottom of the plate has been expertly repaired. View from Cook's Second Voyage to the Pacific 1772-1775, showing Cook leaving Erramanga, one of the New Hebrides in 1774 by row boat with hostile natives ashore...
Uppsala: Johan Edman, 1787.
First Swedish accountOctavo, with a folding map, woodcut vignette at top of first text page, with the advertisement leaf; in contemporary pale half calf over speckled paper boards, spine panelled in gilt, original label. The rare first Swedish version of the official account of Cook's...
London: Alexander Shaw, 1787.
Exceptional artefact from Cook's Pacific voyages: with 56 specimens of native tapa cloth including a suite of 17 extra specimens, most of them HawaiianQuarto (220 x 164 mm.), pp [8, comprising title and three leaves of descriptions], with 56 tapa cloth specimens interleaved between or...
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London, Victualling Office, 18 June 1777.
Rare document from Cook's third and last voyageManuscript in ink on official paper (watermark "GR" with a crown), written in ink on one side of a single sheet, 239 x 201 mm, small folio. Rare document relating to the provisioning of Cook's third...
London: circa 1784.
Rare proof impressionEngraving, 253 x 533 mm. to plate mark, paper size 290 x 540 mm.; a little light old creasing at right side; in fine condition. Rare proof impression of one of the most atmospheric views made by Webber to illustrate Cook's third voyage: the...
London: Boydell, 1808.
Summer habitations in far eastern RussiaHandcoloured aquatint, 330 x 455 mm. Fine view of the island of Cracatoa from Webber's magnificent series of views of the Pacific. This handcoloured aquatint is from the 1808 publication Views of the South Seas, and like other views by John...
Berne: chez la nouvelle Société Typographique, 1782.
Including an eye-witness account of Cook's deathOctavo; a very good, clean copy in contemporary French half calf. The first and best French edition of this important personal account of Cook's third voyage, and extremely scarce: a most attractive copy. This edition contains.....
Zurich: n.p., 1821.
Elusive biography of the great Cook voyage artist, with portrait and viewSquare octavo, aquatint frontispiece, 13pp. with engraved oval portrait at head of first page; a fine copy in the original printed brown wrappers, preserved in a folding bookform case. Only edition: with the famous engraved...
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the...
Paris: n.p., 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to HawaiiTwo volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber in very clean and crisp condition; completely uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A handsome copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for...
Lucrative Spice Island possessionPencil drawing measuring 204 x 260 mm. (sheet size), well preserved, mounted. Original mid-nineteenth century sketch of Banda, the fabulously lucrative and contested Spice island in present day Indonesia. Once the primary source of nutmeg and mace, the Banda islands were a prized Dutch...
Madrid: Ibarra, 1788-1793.
Patagonia and the straits of MagellanQuarto, two volumes bound together, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, five fine large folding maps and five folding tables; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. The full first edition, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793).....
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their physiognomiesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all but one handcoloured); contemporary marbled boards. First edition of a French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races with those of Asians...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races...
Barcelona: por los herederos de D. Agustin Roca, 1834. Oblong octavo, engraved frontispiece, title and 32 plates; a fine copy in original printed boards. A very good copy of this very rare illustrated Spanish edition of the costumes of the world, after the original French publication La Géographie en estampes...
Stockholm: J. A. Probsts, 1825.
Swedish costume booklet for childrenFolding concertina case of 24 individual handcoloured ethnographic portraits, each measuring 88 x 57 mm., mounted upon linen within marbled card covers; with accompanying 24mo booklet of some 42 pp., both housed within original papered slipcase. Ephemeral early-nineteenth century Swedish...
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
Paris: Chex Saintin, 1813.
Peoples of the world, including Botany BayTwo volumes, square duodecimo, with a total of 32 plates including the frontispieces; recent marbled boards. A good copy of this scarce book which illustrates the native peoples of exotic and relatively recently discovered lands. It includes one section...
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands...
London: T. Cadell, 1771.
Teasing Banks from the stageOctavo, [viii], 80 pp., [iv]; original stitch-holes visible in the gutter, disbound. First edition of this orientalist fantasy (based on Voltaire's unfinished Les Scythes). Since it provides an odd insight into the fame of Banks and Solander on their still very...
London: Richard Phillips and Co., 1823.
On a convict ship to Tasmania and NSWOctavo, aquatint plate 'Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina', uncut, bound in plain paper boards. First and only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few...
New Bedford: Capt. Thomas Crapo, circa 1893.
Man & wife, across the Atlantic!Small octavo, with illustrations; in the original brown cloth. The short-handed sailor Thomas Crapo enjoyed sudden fame for his gruelling transatlantic crossing in a 19 foot dory, accompanied by his new wife. The seven-week voyage resulted in...
Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783.
Tasmania and New Zealand, and the first printed account of Surville's voyageOctavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New.....
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of MagellanOctavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of...